The latest cuts in public spending may cause some delay in the road programme as a whole, but our basic road strategy for the Yorkshire area remains unchanged.
I am very well aware of my hon. Friend's attitude to motorways from private conversations and from an Adjournment debate. I took part in an Adjournment debate on taking a road through the Peak District National Park. My hon. Friend will realise that no decision could possibly be taken on the proposed motorway through the national park until a thorough examination had taken place. The final decision would depend on the outcome of all the statutory proceedings and the availability of funds.
Will the Minister point out to his hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Mr. Hooley) that an effective road system is essential if we are to compete efficiently with continental countries, which have spent much more time and money in building up a series of communications to their ports? If we are to survive the present economic climate we shall need more expenditure on effective roads. That would be sensible expenditure for the future rather than some of the wasteful expenditure in which the Government are now indulging.
I would disagree with the suggestion that the Government are wasteful of money. I agree, however, that roads are an important part of our industrial infrastructure. As regards the particular road mentioned by my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Mr. Hooley). as I said in the Adjournment debate, if nothing is done about the existing route through the Peak District National Park there will be more and more congestion which will make the park less acceptable to more and more people.
I think my hon. Friend will realise that I take a great interest in the matter which he has raised, but for the moment it is a matter that has slipped my memory.